Qatar ‘forcibly examined’ women, drawing angry diplomatic response

Female passengers flying from Qatar were subjected to invasive searches after a premature baby was found abandoned in an airport bathroom, in an incident labelled “offensive” and “grossly inappropriate” by Australia’s government.

Airport officials have not denied the incident, saying women passengers “were asked to assist” with inquiries to locate the mother of the baby, who they say is still alive.

Qatari authorities have launched an appeal to trace the infant’s family.

Security agents escorted an undisclosed number of women — including Australians — from aircraft on the tarmac at Doha’s international airport to ambulances, where they were examined for signs they had recently given birth.

“(Officials) were forcing women to undergo invasive body searches — basically forced Pap smears,” a source in Doha briefed on the incident told AFP, referring to an internal examination of the cervix.

Doha’s Hamad International airport said in a statement that “medical professionals expressed concern to officials about the health and welfare of a mother who had just given birth and requested she be located prior to departing”. 

“Individuals who had access to the specific area of the airport where the new born infant was found were asked to assist in the query,” the statement said.

It did not state what was asked of the women or how many were affected.

– ‘ Unacceptable treatment’ –

An Australian government spokeswoman said the country was “deeply concerned at the unacceptable treatment” of the female passengers.

“The advice that has been provided indicates that the treatment of the women concerned was offensive, grossly inappropriate, and beyond circumstances in which the women could give free and informed consent,” she said in a statement.

The incident, first reported by Australia’s Seven Network broadcaster, happened on October 2 and came to light after a number of affected Australian passengers spoke out.

One of the flights involved, Qatar Airways’ October 2 flight QR908 to Sydney, was four hours late departing Doha as a result, according to specialised air traffic website Flightradar24.  

Women from several other countries and flights are understood to have been affected, but their numbers and nationalities are not yet known.

Doha airport launched an appeal late Sunday for the child’s mother to come forward, suggesting that the checks undertaken at the time were inconclusive.

“The newborn infant remains unidentified, but is safe under the professional care of medical and social workers,” it said in its statement, and requested that anyone with information come forward.

Qatar’s foreign minister is expected to write to his Australian counterpart about the incident this week.

The Australian spokeswoman said the government has “formally registered our serious concerns regarding the incident with Qatari authorities”.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is engaged on this matter through diplomatic channels,” it said.

Qatar practices a strict form of Islamic law, with stiff penalties applied to women who fall pregnant or bear children outside marriage.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has grounded many airlines’ long-haul operations, including those of Australia’s flag-carrier Qantas, while Qatar

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Amit Aggarwal Showcases an Exotic Explosion of Fashion, Colours, Silhouettes and Glamour

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LFW 2020: Amit Aggarwal’s Festive Collection

On Day 3 of Lakm Fashion Week 2020 Digital First Season Fluid Edition, designer Amit Aggarwal’s showcased his latest festive fashion edit, “First Light.” It was an exotic explosion of fashion, colours, silhouettes, designs, construction, and glamour that burst into a line of astral hues. The calming ambience of the collection, presented visions of stars, floating planets and earthy images to further accentuate the beauty of the designs. Amit’s line was creatively based on a strong fabric foundation with organic Indian Chanderi and Matka silk merged with the designer’s expert industrial hand weaving techniques that were inspired by the traditional basket weaves. To further enhance the celestial beauty of the clothes, Amit incorporated the Leheriya technique that projected imagery of orbiting spirals in space. The amazing confluence of highly technical materials with the precision of Indian karigars, turned the collection that featured a m lange of swirling lehengas, exotically created saris and fabulous separates into a perfect festive wear offering for the coming season.

Talking about his collection, Amit Aggarwal said, “As we experience the world through the safety of our homes, stars continue to twinkle, and space remains vast and undisturbed. I dream of escaping into this gossamer freedom and wanted the collection to capture that sense of beauty. To me, it was fascinating to experience celestial weightlessness comes to life through highly technical material and precise karigari.”

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Women’s Six Nations: England win title as France fail to beat Scotland

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Emily Scarratt’s try in the win over France in February was crucial to England’s title success

England have won the 2020 Women’s Six Nations with one game to play after France failed to beat Scotland.

France needed to win their final two games to stand any chance of catching England but conceded a late converted try to draw 13-13 with Scotland.

England, who last played in March when they thrashed Wales 66-7, have won all four of their games and lead the disrupted championship by six points.

They will complete back-to-back Grand Slams if they win in Italy next Sunday.

Head coach Simon Middleton said: “We are delighted to have retained the title after four big performances from the team to date.

“It’s a fitting reward for all the hard work put in earlier this year.

“We have a big week ahead and the aim is to stay focused on securing the Grand Slam in Italy next weekend.”

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England probably expected their title wait to go to the rearranged final weekend given Scotland, who have not beaten France in the Six Nations since 2010, trailed by 10 points in the second half.

But Scotland struck back after France had to continue with 14 players after using all their replacements and then losing a player to injury.

Debutant wing Rachel Shankland scored a try in the 73rd-minute and then Helen Nelson kicked the conversion from close to the touchline to tie the match.

Defending champions England started their campaign on 2 February with a narrow 19-13 win over France in front of a lively crowd in Pau.

They then outclassed Scotland 53-0 in blizzard-like conditions in Glasgow before beating Ireland 27-0 and securing the Triple Crown with victory over Wales.

The championship then came to halt because of the coronavirus pandemic, with the revised schedule only being confirmed in August.

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Lions happily give Atlanta a gift touchdown, go home happier after walkoff win

Trailing, 16-14, the Falcons (1-6) were positioned to run down the clock and kick a chip-shot field goal for the win when they picked up a first down at the Lions 10 with just over a minute remaining. Detroit had used up all its timeouts on the drive, and with no further way to stop the clock, made no attempt to stop Todd Gurley after he took a handoff from Matt Ryan.

Gurley burst through an intentionally gaping hole, not realizing what the Lions were doing until it was too late. He started to fall, but landed on the goal line with 1:04 remaining.

The Falcons converted a 2-point conversion to make it 22-16, but the Lions still had a chance against a team that had already become the first in NFL history to lose two straight games when leading by at least 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Stafford drove his team 75 yards in eight plays, connecting with Hockenson on a 13-yard pass, Danny Amendola for 22 yards, and Kenny Golladay for a 29-yard gain to the Falcons 11. After a replay review and a spike with 2 seconds to go, Stafford was pressured in the pocket, rolled to his left, and hit Hockenson breaking free across the end zone.

Detroit was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct during the celebration, but Prater knocked through the try to win the game.

Stafford finished 25 of 36 for 340 yards. Golladay had six catches for 114 yards. Ryan was 31 of 42 for 338 yards and a touchdown, while Gurley ran for a pair of touchdowns.

Bills 18, Jets 10 — Josh Allen and Buffalo (5-2) were held out of the end zone for the first time this season, but Tyler Bass hit six of eight field-goal attempts to snap a two-game skid and keep host New York (0-7) the NFL’s last winless team. The Bills fell behind 10-0 early and looked sluggish in their third game in 13 days, as Jets coach Adam Gase handed off playcalling duties on offense to coordinator Dowell Loggains and was rewarded with New York’s largest lead of the season. Bass, however, hit from 53 and 48 yards in the final three minutes of the second quarter, from 46 and 37 in the third quarter, and from 29 and 40 in the fourth, the last with 1:56 left. New York had one last chance, but Sam Darnold, who threw for just 120 yards in his first start since missing two games with a sprained shoulder joint, was intercepted by Jerry Hughes on a tipped pass to seal it.

Packers 35, Texans 20 — Aaron Rodgers was near flawless and tied his season high with four touchdowns passes, as Green Bay (5-1) had no trouble in Houston (1-6), rebounding from its blowout loss to the Buccaneers. Playing without leading rusher Aaron Jones and left tackle David Bakhtiari, the Packers got a career-high 196 yards receiving from Davante Adams, who had touchdown receptions of 3 and 45

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Fashion and fantasy in the pages of Vogue

In 2005 the fashion photographer Tim Walker drew up a list of what he required for one of his forthcoming shoots. It included 80 white rabbits, 20 ballerinas, 17 “mirrored geese”, 250 ostrich eggs (with the additional stipulation they be sprayed gold), one box of “giant hands”, and 20 Christmas trees. Oh yes, and a Rolls-Royce. Just the one though. Well, there is no need to really go over the top, is there?

“Fashion is such a fairy tale, and it is such a fantasy,” the designer Marc Jacobs once noted. And, as Walker’s wish list suggests, nowhere is this notion more apparent than in the pages of fashion magazines. It’s an idea at the heart of a new book Vogue Fantasy & Fashion.

In its pages, models in beautiful clothes find themselves in alien landscapes and in surreal situations, as if they had just stepped into a story by Hans Christian Andersen or Angela Carter.

On one spread Keira Knightley can be seen playing Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, red slippers and all (red stilettos in her case, actually), on her very own yellow brick road, accompanied by the artists Jasper Johns as the Cowardly Lion, John Currin as the Tin Man and Brice Marden as the Scarecrow.

On another, model and actress Mia Goth lolls on a sofa in a room full of flowers, as if the natural world has invaded her home.

The truth is, fashion (and, as a result, fashion photography) is so often a dream state. A communal, consensual fantasy.

It was ever thus. In December 1946, a year after the end of the Second World War, with rationing still very much a fact of life in the UK, American Vogue published its Christmas issue.

The cover story, photographed by Irving Penn, was entitled Fables Untold. Within, those familiar fairy stories Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Snow White were reinvented for a post-war world. The author and wit Dorothy Parker was cast as one of Cinderella’s wicked stepsisters. American socialite and style icon Babe Paley appeared as Cinders’ fairy godmother.

Almost 50 years later, in 1991, Vogue returned to the theme of fairy tales with Bette Midler as Little Red Riding Hood. Linda Evangelista became Peter Pan while the model and actress Beverly Peele became Snow White. (Rapper LL Cool J was one of the Seven Dwarfs.)

“The world needs fantasy,” the late Alexander McQueen once said. “We have enough reality today.”

That’s a line that applies at any time, you could say. It’s certainly one fashion often cleaves to.

Indeed, in his own fashion designs, McQueen never shied away from fantasy, often of the darker variety. His was an imagination as Gothic as Mary Shelley’s or Bram Stoker’s.

Still, as Laird Borrelli-Persson editor of Vogue Fantasy and Fashion, notes, “fantasy is fashion’s ultimate, most optimistic expression.

What fashion designers and fashion photographers often share, over and above a dedication to craft and technique and an eye for detail, is a sense of playfulness.

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Portland’s FashioNXT Face Mask Competition Merges Advocacy With Fashion

Welcome or unwanted, face masks are here to stay as the new addition to our casual must-haves like keys, phones, and wallets. Is it possible to turn a mundane public health item into a mobile fashion statement? FashioNXT decided to test the talents of designers around the world working tirelessly to help our personalities shine while making the world a safer place. Oregon’s premier fashion platform hosted a 2020 FashioNXT Mask Design Competition. [Disclosure: I served as one of four pro-bono judges for this competition thanks to my viral coverage of the protective face mask design developments since Spring 2020.]  Among other judges were Mondo Guerra – Fashion Designer and Project Runway All Star Winner, Tra’Renee Chambers – Emmy Award Winner / KATU-TV Host, and iHeart Radio Portland Personality Ken Boddie-Anchor, KOIN TV/Channel 6.

Portland is known for its sustainability leadership and contemporary cool vibes. This year its unofficial motto could be summarized in one word: disruption. From early Covid-19 surges, Antifa movement, hazardous air conditions due to unprecedented wildfires, and President Trump’s bullying of the mayor, Portland and its people have withstood it all. According to Tito Chowdhury, FashioNXT’s Chief Executive & Founder, the competition has brought forth the missing creativity and camaraderie after the pandemic prevented the industry from coming together in-person to celebrate fashion this year.

“Portland’s contagious independence, artistic ethos, and hyper-progressive community have become its signature. At the core of sustainable design is the practice of lesser quantity, higher quality. We are looking to inspire consumers not to be drawn to disposable single-use practices,” said Chowdhury. FashioNXT is donating part of the mask auction proceeds to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital’s COVID-19 Response Fund.

When past becomes the future

Fashion isn’t canceled in quarantine! There is no doubt that history repeats itself and learning from the past is the only way to embrace the future. For the winner of the 2020 mask competition, designer Anna Bartoletti, inspiration came from the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Drawn by the similarities between the people who lived over 100 years ago and our lives today, her designs are also inspired by vintage photos and family memorabilia documenting the events we are all experiencing. Then, putting a contemporary twist on it. “I was amazed at how many aspects repeated themselves, and how many of the same concerns of the past we have today,” said Bartoletti. “While there are so many people that willingly wear facemasks, there are also many people who do not.” Wearing a mask is a proven medical tactic

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Israeli designer launches 3D-printed virtual reality fashion exhibition

Combining virtual reality and 3D printing, two of the most exciting technological advances of recent times, the Israeli fashion designer Ganit Goldstein launched a virtual reality exhibition space to present one of the first fashion collections with cutting edge 3D printing.Ganit Goldstein’s 3D designs presented at the exhibition. (Credit: courtesy)Ganit Goldstein’s 3D designs presented at the exhibition. (Credit: courtesy)
Goldstein graduated in Jewelry and Fashion from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. 

As one of the selected designers chosen for the prestigious EU Horizon 2020 Re-Fream grant, Goldstein’s collaborated with 3D design and manufacturer, Stratasys, to create 3D printed garments based on measurements from a 360 degree body scanner. 

This collaboration enabled Goldstein to create tailor-made items perfectly fitting the individual’s form, as part of her eco-friendly alternative to the mass production of “fast” fashion’ technology.

She initially planned to launch her new collection at Berlin’s annual “Wear It” summit exhibition, but regarding the coronavirus restrictions and social distancing regulations, she worked on a different solution.

With the leading tech company Intel, which helped her engineering a virtual reality technology that creates a realistic 360 degree exhibition space, she launched the collection on her website.

Photo taken from Ganit Goldstein’s VR exhibition with a description on the side of the screen. (Credit: courtesy)Photo taken from Ganit Goldstein’s VR exhibition with a description on the side of the screen. (Credit: courtesy)

Goldstein presented her collection at a final public presentation at “Ars Electronica” in Linz, Austria in September.

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Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell Lane Celebrate Their First Wedding Anniversary

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Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell Lane are celebrating their first year of marriage!

The country singer, 35, and The Bachelor alum, 30, celebrated their 1-year wedding anniversary on Sunday, each sharing photos and videos on Instagram from their special day.

Alongside their five-minute wedding video, Lane wrote, “Happy Anniversary @laurenlane I can’t believe it’s been a year!! Love you. Here’s to gettin old and grey together 😁.” Bushnell Lane also shared photos from the wedding day, including one of the former reality star’s father giving her away to Lane at the alter.

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“1 year 🤍🤍,” she captioned the sweet post.

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The couple tied the knot on October 25, 2019, in front of 160 family members and friends in an indoor “secret garden” ceremony in their hometown of Nashville.

Their wedding came less than one year after they went public as a couple. They started living together in March 2019, got engaged that June, and tied the knot four months later.

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While speaking to PEOPLE in April, Bushnell Lane opened up about the couple’s next milestones, saying, “Definitely family. We throw that one around a lot in terms of trying to plan it, I don’t know how much you could plan for that.”

“We practice a lot though,” she joked.

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Bushnell Lane explained that she “would love to start a family” in addition to her and Lane’s “little family,” which includes their beloved beagle-hound mix Cooper, whom they adopted in August 2019.

“In terms of future goals, to me, that’s my number one goal is having a family,” she added. “Career stuff is amazing and I feel very blessed, but I’ve always wanted to be a mom. I’m excited, that’s my number one most exciting next chapter.”

They also officially adopted their foster dog Chloe this summer.

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Meet The Women Leaders Fighting COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced the health tech industry to a situation it has never experienced. Through contact tracing, predictive analytics, and telemedicine, the industry has risen to its essential role. Richa Rai, AWIP Ambassador and Kaiser Permanente’s Portfolio Management Leader, states that “this might be the time when society steps forward and embraces telemedicine, government eases restrictions, and laws get expanded to include telemedicine benefits.” Kerry Jessani, J.P. Morgan’s Managing Director and National Head of Healthcare, Higher Education, and Nonprofits, sees the growing acceptance of telemedicine as a positive long-term trend that will “increase interconnectivity throughout the full continuum of healthcare.”

But despite the positive aspects that health tech plays in dealing with COVID-19, women’s general healthcare should remain in focus. Many responses to the COVID-19 outbreak have already shown that women are uniquely vulnerable during this pandemic, and that advancements in gender equality will be erased. During all health crises, women’s basic health services are generally strained. For example, during the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak, Doctors Without Borders reports, “thousands more lives were lost when safe delivery, neonatal, and family planning services became inaccessible due to the outbreak.” 

One of the best ways we can remain focused on women’s health is by increasing the number of women, and in particular minority women, in healthcare leadership positions. Women “make 80 percent of buying and usage decisions” in healthcare, according to consulting firm  Oliver Wyman, and yet they are only represented in “30 percent of C-suite teams and 13 percent of CEOs.” Chrissa McFarlane, Founder and CEO of Patientory, Inc., Amy Yu, Founder and CEO of Antlia Systems, and Colleen Cucliffe, CEO and co-founder of Pendulum Therapeutics, are three women leaders who use their STEM education to contribute to important developments in health tech.  All three leaders emphasize the need for women to find mentors while advancing in their careers.

Chrissa McFarlane’s Patientory, Inc., which she founded in 2015, pioneers blockchain technology for healthcare. It allows patients and healthcare providers to access and transfer healthcare data. McFarlane stresses that health tech is vital because it “improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.” As a Black woman, she sees the potential of health tech in decreasing health disparities in the Black community. Health tech can address “underserved populations that oftentimes are overlooked because of the high costs of medical care in [the United States]. Tech innovations can help increase awareness and education in order to decrease many preventable diseases.”

Amy Yu’s Antlia Systems, which she founded in 2019, is a leader in the biosecurity industry. Biosecurity refers to protecting humans and animals against disease, and is an especially

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Rays win in wild walkoff fashion to even World Series with Dodgers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Brett Phillips squatted on the field crying, Randy Arozarena sprawled in the dirt pounding his hands on home plate.

Tears of joy, smacks of celebration — and a crucial, crazy win for the scrappy Tampa Bay Rays.



In one of the wildest World Series finishes ever, the light-hitting Phillips delivered a tying single off Kenley Jansen with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning that turned into the game-ending hit when the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped the ball twice, allowing Arozarena to scramble home and lifting the Rays to an 8-7 victory Saturday night that suddenly evened things at two games each.

“Golly, what a special moment,” Phillips said.

Center fielder Chris Taylor misplayed Phillips’ ball in right-center for an error and chased it down while Kevin Kiermaier scored the tying run. Arozarena kept charging around third base but stumbled and fell well before reaching home.

He was able to get up and score when catcher Will Smith looked up too early and missed the relay throw, letting it squirt toward the backstop while Arozarena dived on top of the plate.

“Once I saw Randy slip, I was like ‘Aw, shoot, at least we tied it up,’ and then he missed the ball,” Phillips said. “I don’t know what happened but then he scored. The next thing I know, I’m airplaneing around the outfield and I get dogpiled and here I am.”



Jansen came on in the ninth for the Dodgers and struck out Yoshi Tsutsugo before a broken-bat single by Kiermaier, the longest-tenured Rays player. Arozarena, the rookie who earlier hit his postseason record ninth homer earlier, drew a two-out, full-count walk to set up the improbable final play.

“You got to stay positive,” Jansen said. “I didn’t give up one hard hit. What can I do? Throw the pitches where I wanted to. Credit to the hitters.”

A 26-year-old from Seminole, Florida, Phillips was drafted by Houston and played for Milwaukee and Kansas City before Tampa Bay acquired him in August for a minor leaguer. Touted for his outfield defense, he hasn’t hit much in the majors, ending the regular season with a career .202 average in 153 games.

He had been 0 for 2 in the postseason and hadn’t batted since Game 3 of the AL Division Series on Oct. 7.

Phillips was left off the AL Championship Series roster but shined as a cheerleader, writing up phony scouting reports on a clipboard touting Arozarena before dancing against him in battles after the team locked up the AL pennant.



“What a great team effort on this win. It took almost 28 guys,” Phillips said. “That’s what special about this team. Just all come together, our one goal is to win. We don’t rely on one guy. It takes everyone, and man, baseball is fun.”

Corey Seager and

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